Wednesday, October 17, 2007

DOT names new head

UPDATE: The link may expire soon, but Dick Pettys wrote a great piece about the inside politics of this decision. Of note for Middle Georgians: Our DOT Board Member, Larry Walker, nominated Abraham for the position.


It's Gena Abraham, who will be the first woman to hold the position. Pretty cool.

From the DOT:
ATLANTA — The State Transportation Board met today and named Gena Lester Abraham, PhD., as DOT Commissioner effective December 1, 2007. Abraham will become DOT's 14th Commissioner and first woman ever to hold the stateユs top transportation post overseeing 5,800 employees statewide and over $2 billion annual agency budget.

"There were several great candidates and it was a tough decision but Gena's experience and management discipline are extraordinary. The Department faces many challenges and I know Gena has the ability to face them head on. I have every confidence that she will be able to shape a bright future for transportation in this state," said State Transportation Board Chairman Mike Evans.

Dr. Abraham was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue in February 2006 as State Property Officer and has served as the Executive Secretary and the Director of the Construction Division of the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC) since June 2003. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering and Management in the Civil Engineering Department at the Georgia institute of technology.

Dr. Abraham has also served as Chief Engineer for the Georgia Building Authority. Prior to coming to state government she managed construction across the U.S.ハfor LaSalle Partners. Dr. Abraham serves on several boards including: Chair of the Georgia Land Conservation Council, Secretary Treasurer of the Sapelo Island Heritage Authority, MARTA Board, State Board of Equalization and the Capital Asset Management Advisory Council.

She holds a bachelor's degree and doctorate in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Abraham has one son.

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